At Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard we know good nutrition is the foundation for good health. Our Food Pantry is here to help ensure access to healthy food to anyone who needs it, in an atmosphere free of judgment.
MHC’s Food Pantry operates on the honor system and the patron choice model. Patrons don’t need ID or proof of need. All they have to do is sign in. We ask patrons to meet one of our guidelines while visiting the pantry. These guidelines are listed at the bottom of the page. The pantry is set up like a small grocery and patrons walk through and choose the items they need. MHC provides one bag per person in the household and an extra bag for produce. We stock a variety of foods including produce, bread, soy products, canned goods, oats, rice, yoghurt, dairy and more.
Who Works at the Pantry
The pantry is powered by a small staff and over 140 regular volunteers. About 90% of volunteers are also patrons of the pantry.
Pantry Hours and Location
Please note: MHC will be closed Friday, May 31st – June 7th as we move. We will open in our new location Monday June 10th and will begin our new hours. For more information about the move, click here.
New hours starting June 10th at 1100 West Allen Street
Mondays 12 noon-7pm
Tuesdays-Fridays 12 noon-6pm
Where MHC gets food
Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard is the largest partner agency of the Hoosier Hills Food Bank (HHFB), distributing over 1/3 of their food. MHC receives over 1 million pounds of food annually for a small shared maintenance charge, a tiny fraction of the retail cost of food. This important partnerships allows MHC to leverage $1 to obtain about 7 pounds of food. MHC receives additional food from private donors, and food drives. We also receive thousands of pounds of fresh locally grown produce through the Plant A Row for the Hungry program.
To ensure our services are available to those who need them most, we do ask that patrons meet at least one of the following conditions:
- You are unable to meet your basic living expenses (rent, utilities, etc.) and buy food this month.
- You qualify to receive aid from federal or state agencies, such as AFDC, food stamps, WIC, etc.
- You have an acute or chronic illness or have been in an accident that makes it difficult or impossible to work at the present time.
- You have lost your job within the past month.
- You are homeless.
- You are 55 or older.
- There is a pregnant or nursing mother in your household.
- You are a single parent who does not receive child support or did not receive any this month.
- Your income falls at or below 200% of the federal poverty level. In 2008 this translates to the following for a family of…
(1) $20,800/year or $1,733/month
(2) $28,000/year or $2,333/month
(3) $35,200/year or $2,933/month
(4) $42,400/year or $3,533/month
(5) $49,600/year or $4,133/month
(6) $56,800/year or $4,733/month
(7) $64,000/year or $5,333/month
(8) $71,200/year or $5,933/month
*For each additional person add $7,200/year.